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Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, December 20th, 2012 - 55 comments
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Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a relaxing and safe summer break.

I’ll be heading up north to the beach to enjoy a few days in the sun with my family. I’m looking forward to catching a few waves on the surfboard (probably small ones!) as well as sparking up the BBQ and spending time with friends and family after a busy year. I’ve recorded a Christmas message, which you can watch here

This is a time for reflection but also for resolutions.

We’ve set out some bold new policies and we’ve tackled the Government on the issues that matter to you.

Our commitment in 2013 is to show Kiwis that Labour is ready to lead the next Government and to take New Zealand in a new ‘hands on’ direction. We are energised and ready for the fight.

I’d like to thank you and the thousands of Labour supporters who have played a vital role this year. You’ve helped us hold the Government to account and to get our message out that there is hope and that together we can make the changes needed to improve the lives of all Kiwis.

Thank you for that.

I look forward to continuing to work for you and with you in the New Year.

Warm regards
David Shearer
Labour Leader

55 comments on “Shearer Says”

  1. Rhinoviper 1

    And once again, some poor hack has to sort through a rambling monologue recorded on a wax cylinder and transcribe it into corporatese:

    Um. Ah… Is this switched on? Testing? Testing?

    Ah.

    I’d like to wish you a Merry Buddhamas… um… Clausmas… but I don’t know how.

    I’m ah… having a holiday. Someone said they couldn’t tell the difference…. don’t know what they meant, since I’ve been holding my accountant… ah… I’m heading north, like a duck in winter. No, not you Trevor… oh, you’re going north too? That’s nice. Um, where was I… holding the government’s accountant. I have a tape of it somewhere. Gosh, I hope David doesn’t. Oh, I’m David. I mean… C-C-C-nnnnn… HIM.

    Anyway, I’m going to surf north.

    Christmas, that’s it. Got it. Um. It’s a time for reflections and resolutions. New Year resolutions. It’s been a good year. Yes, thanks Trev, I though I said that well too. There were verbs and nouns and all sorts of things like you told me.

    Um. It’s been a good year and I resolve to hold the Labour Party to account. Or audit their accounts. Or listen to their accountant. Yes. And barbecue him.

    Ah, well, anyway, there’s this Zoroastermas message that I’ve recorded:

    It’s been a good year.

    No, I’ve already said that. I mean that here’s a recoding of me holding a Akhenatenmas to account:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    Wasn’t that nice?

    Now I’m going to hold a reflection to account. I don’t trust him. He’s in the mirror and he’s also called David, like C-C-C-C-nnnn… can’t say it. Shifty fellow. Don’t trust reflections, they’re impostors. I’ll hold him to account though! With my hands.

    In 2013 I will be committed. No Trevor, not to one of THOSE places. I mean committed as in showing dedication. Annette got me a dick. Dictionary. I have my hands on it. No Trevor, the book! I am hands on the dictionary.

    I will be holding the government to account and it’s been a good year. Did I say that already?

    Well I have. Matthew told me so, and that other fellow. Short, chubby, spectacles. Also called David. It’s jolly confusing with so many Davids about, I can tell you! Still, they said they liked me, so that’s jolly nice of them. I must be doing well, unlike David… the reflection. Or C-C-C-nnnn… still can’t say it.

    I will be hands-on in holding the government for account for a good year. Well of course if I’m hands-on I’ll be holding it. In a direction. North, probably. What do you mean “redundant?” Look, there are FIVE cardinal directions. North, South, East, West and Hands-on. There, see! What, there are four? Well we’ll call North Hands-on. East, South, West and Hands-on. There.

    Where was I?

    Yes. Labour. I’d like to thank several Labour caucus members for supporting me against the Labour Party and holding them in a hands-on direction to account in what has been a good year. Together we can ensure that our lives eating at Bellamy’s continue. Thank you everyone, all you taxpayers for providing me with food, a nice comfy chair and… stuff. As you know, I believe in a hands-on way that people should pay their way and I’m glad that you’re paying mine.

    I look forward to you continuing to do my work for me.

    By the way, my roof needs painting. Could one of you blu- one of you wonderful warm supporters do it in a hands-on direction?

    My pants are warm.

    To avoid confusion, instead of being called David, I am now Ramesses Niblick the Third, Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where’s My Thribble. Mister Flibble told me that.

  2. Tiresias 2

    Sorry David. I and thousands of others don’t do Christmas, either as a religious festival or as a crap-fest of over-indulgence and drooling Pavlovian consumerism. So wishing me a happy one is as meaningless as the kiss you’d give someone’s baby on the run-up to an election.

    Oh, and remind me when you tackled the Government on an issue that matters to me? It must have happened when those Jehova’s Witnesses came to the door in October some time and I missed two minutes of the radio news getting rid of them.

  3. ad 3

    I suspect next year Shearer will reach for the “nation-building” rhetoric. More abstract nouns like hope and country and identity etc. Sigh.

    Which will strike everyone (here and in analogue space) as being as half-baked as the housing policy. Has there been a detailed housing policy that shows how the policy targets will be achieved that I am unaware of?

    So now we are at less than 2% GDP growth per year. National want to have a traditional rentier + quarry/enclave economy.

    20 years ago you could drive up north from Auckland and the next piece of highly processed and diversified agriculture with good dividends did not appear past your car until you got to Kerkeri. Same in Otago; Milton to Roxburgh, then Ettrick to Alexandra.
    Same in Hawkes Bay apart from a few early vineyards. Same almost right around the country except the South Island West Coast and Far North west coast.

    In 1992 New Zealand still grew masses of raw logs and sheep – two of the very worst value exports that are now in irrecoverable decline (with a few rare high value-add exceptions). The bulk commodity quarry-enclave economy is dying a good slow death, no matter the primitive corporatist thinking Joyce has.

    Despite Joyce’s best efforts, mining just isn’t going to take off here. Unless someone is really gutsy and lucky in the great Southern basin. There are fewer and fewer places for lazy bulk-commodity investments to reside in any safety. Which is excellent long term for New Zealand.

    What I hope Labour wants, is to accelerate a value-added export economy far faster than anyone else. You can only do that with a plan, something like what David Cunliffe was outlining in his speeches this year. Even with a more value-added agricultural economy than we have had in 20 years, we still only get to 2% GDP growth.

    The environment will be damaged that’s a given, the actual question is how much damage is supportable to sustain a tax base that in turn sustains our social welfare net.

    How to get beyond 2% growth to something that sustains our massive retirement welfare burden, and our schools and hospitals and police. But especially retirement welfare.

    This is the one equation I don’t trust the Greens to deal with. Nor do I trust the likes of Shane Jones necessarily. But I desperately want a good government to plot the possible path that gets us there. National have no plan, and will never get back the rentier Old Zealand – too many businesses are locked into wanting higher margins now.

    But what is Labour’s plan? Beyond the broad tax moves. What is Labour’s plan for the economy without Cunliffe? The answer to that is the answer to the mark my pen makes in the election booth in 2014.

  4. bad12 4

    Dear Dave, nice BBQ spread you have got going there, i am, as usual a little short this week, any chance you can sweep a couple of crumbs off of the table my way,

    A Sickness Bene…

    • Mary 4.1

      Sorry bad12, Labour’s a party for workers, not beneficiaries. I wish Labour would just hurry up and die so we can get on with rebuilding the caring society. For as long as Labour hangs around competing with Key’s henchman to see who can hate the poor the most nothing will change. Until Labour fucks off we’re all doomed.

  5. Neoleftie 5

    Were do you live bad ..near me.
    Alway welcome at me BBQ and Xmas.
    We always have a gaggle of randoms at Xmas time…backpackers to elderly no where else to go folk from the neighbourhood etc, all welcome at our table.
    it’s a small gesture at this time of reflection and thanks giving.

    • bad12 5.1

      Gee thank’s for the offer but i do not celebrate Christmas in any way and on the 25th will carry on doing the normal stuff that i do every day….

  6. Mary 6

    “I look forward to continuing to work for you and with you in the New Year.”

    Until you change your stance on social security and your attitude towards the poor and say that you were wrong to abolish the special benefit in 2004 and wrong to ditch the long title to the Social Security Act that has been with us since 1938 and wrong to give beneficiaries with children less tax credits than other people with children and wrong to do a whole bunch of other stuff we’d only expect from the Tory scum and not only apologise for doing all these things but vow to fix them all up (and that we believe what you say, which will be very difficult because your track record is so hopelessly abysmal all trust has gone) we will never work with you again – we will fight you.

  7. lurgee 7

    Nothing warms the hearts of the right more than the sight of the left turning on itself.

    • Mary 7.1

      I agree, but Labour are not part of the left and haven’t been for a long time. When Labour rejoins the left, if they ever do, there’ll be no need to attack them.

    • Well here’s hoping the Right enjoy Mr Shearer&co’s little Christmas gift to them and that the situation is rectified in the new year then.

    • @lurgee, The left is not turning on itself at all,it’s all about fairness,justice,democracy, for
      too long the labour members,voters, workers have been ignored,Clark took the labour party
      further to the right and Shearer is steering the ship into a stronger shade of blue,that is the
      problem and that’s what alot of labourites and leftists recognize.
      Shearer has spent his dollar,he has shown over and over that he ticks all the boxes that
      represents right wing policies and ideology and flicks off any concerns and expectations that members or voters may have,in fact, he doesn’t care,
      What would warm the heart of the right even more,is if labour blue, joined national blue in
      a mega party, because as it stands there is no real difference,sure as hell would make key’s govt’s
      job easier in parliament, no hassels,no hard questioning,no intense questioning, needless to say,
      it’s already happening, the very time that the nacts should be begging for mercy because of
      their disasters to date, labour are asleep,the last year in parliament would show you that
      there has been no real pressure from labour.
      Shearer say’s he was ‘elected’ that’s spin, which suits him, he was hoisted into the job by
      a faction inside caucus,the members at the meetings voted for a leader, they voted for Cunliffe, who won 9 out of the 10 meetings,caucus went against the vote, can you not see why members
      and voters are just a bit pissed.
      The story here is about the people taking labour back to its roots,it’s founding principles and it
      is long overdue.

  8. Dear gods, the sizzling sounds, the 4-Square-Guy apron … could you be trying any harder, David? That’s not a compliment.

  9. Neoleftie 9

    Perhap you should invite hootens and QoT to your Xmas BBQ, after all it’s your turn.
    Poor David cunliffe is all alone at his..
    Seriously how about one or some fiery rhetoric perhaps.
    I’m David shearer and it’s time we put food on everyone table so we all can enjoy Xmas.
    It’s a time of family and community.
    It’s a time to reflect and in this trying economic time it’s time for a new direction.
    A direction where we are all have an fair and equal opportunity to share in the bounty of this fair and great country.
    Time for people to combine and strive together for a better way of life.
    It’s time, it’s labour time, it’s our time.

    • QoTViper 9.1

      Ha, can you imagine? I’d hope Matthew and I could do our Kiwi heritage proud by getting off-our-faces drunk and sticking to safe topics like the disgraceful treatment of Ross Taylor by NZ Cricket.

      • Mary 9.1.1

        Guess he could’ve posted on Redalert instead. Is that still going? Thought he’d feel more at home on Kiwiblog, anyway.

  10. quartz 10

    That apron is intensely telling. It’s an in-joke for a boomer elite that has appropriated “Kiwi” national identity while simultaneously denying anyone else access to it. It’s like a taxidermised trophy head in the study of a colonial bureaucrat.

  11. Chris 11

    Not a good look David!

  12. fender Viper 12

    Thought I had clicked on a Caption Contest there for a minute. With that guy about to instruct how to burn a Cunliffe prime fillet from the Gower 3 month marinade cookbook, the lost looking little Ted guy looking useless and is that Curren scoring an own goal again trying to do a browneye but being to stupid to lower the jeans?

  13. mac1 13

    A propos the Four Square apron.

    My father was a Four Square Grocer in Christchurch. When he was a grocer, it was a co-operative enterprise in which shares were held by individual small corner grocers.

    It was -strike that- IS a potent symbol for me as a son of a man who kept a small business, ran it ethically and with regard for his customers and community.

    My father was a Labour man through and through. I learned my politics from him and my social values. I was fortunate as the youngest son to give my father’s funeral oration in which I paid tribute to his rejection of profit motive above all else, to his fair pricing and fair dealings. All of these good Labour values.

    I believe that David Shearer as leader of the Labour party shares those values. I, for one, am pleased to see him wearing that symbol.

    That the Four Square guy is playing a guitar just might also have relevance as to why a guitar-playing Shearer should wear such an apron. As a guitar picker myself, I certainly would wear such an apron for that reason as well.

    That the apron happens to be a red one, might also have something to do with why Shearer should choose it.

    The rest, ladies and gentlemen, of what I have read above in your comments is pure unadulterated crap, full of hatred, bile and closed-mindedness. You see what you see because you want to see it.

    If you don’t believe this, then just consider the choice of the still shot from that short video. It’s not the one that got sent to me as a Labour member. It was chosen deliberately. A fair person would ask why. I ask that question of the poster of this post.

    My comments except Lurgee above. He or she has a point. Please take it.

    • mac1
      Interesting re the Four Square Grocer symbolism.

      How about writing to Mr Shearer and expressing Lurgee’s message to him?

      You are entitled to your opinion re unadulterated crap, full of hatred, bile and close-mindedness, and I am entitled to entirely disagree.

      I think you’ll find that most people critical of recent Labour party behaviour, are basing their opinions on observation, not close-mindedness and I remind you such comments are not the cause of caucus problems, nor left wing implosions, simply a response to them, no matter how msm paint it differently.

    • fender Viper 13.2

      Read the excellent comment made by Vivaciousviper for pointers on what has happened to Labour and why people are unhappy. Not the same party your father supported.

      And the duopoly grocery scene aint serving us well either.

    • Mary 13.3

      Your position ignores the fact that the current Labour Party is nothing like the Labour Party your father supported. The only thing they’ve got in common is the name. Have a look at all of the nasty policies Labour introduced that’ve done nothing but hurt the poorest of the poor. Do just a little bit of research and you’ll find that almost everyone on this thread is correct. Here’s what Sue Bradford had to say about Labour recently:

      “In the 2000s Labour was responsible, among other things, for getting rid of the much-needed Special Benefit, reintroducing ‘no go zones’ in rural areas, introducing massive structural discrimination against the children of beneficiaries via the In Work Tax Credit, and undermining in legislation the very purpose of social security itself as established by Labour’s own forebears in 1938.

      David Shearer’s recent speech in which he talked about a sickness beneficiary in a way guaranteed to appeal to beneficiary bashers nationwide has not given me confidence that Labour will do any better when they are once more part of Government.”

      http://pundit.co.nz/content/beneficiary-impact-highlights-poverty-of-social-policies

    • IrishBill 13.4

      Two things, Mac1. That’s a limited edition Dick Frizzell apron (he’s the artist that produced the label for the fundraiser wine) and the video is stopped on a frame chosen by Labour’s comms team – take a look at the original on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlYjZHGxgn4

      • Olwyn 13.4.1

        Under different circumstances that apron would at least show appreciation for a local artist, but in the present context it simply rubs salt into the wounds of demoralisation.

        I do not expect miracles. I happily supported Labour under Clark, though I did not like to see the scrapping of the SB. I willingly put pamphlets in letterboxes for Goff, though I met his leadership with a sigh and despised the way he dispensed with Chris Carter. Then I was still able to hold on to the belief, now shown to be false, that Labour under Clark had inched away from its dark past and could not go back there. It is utterly demoralising to see the Labour Party trying to sell itself in the manner of an insurance company rather lowering itself to represent or defend anyone. It is demoralising to have Matthew Hooton dropping by to gloat.

        Furthermore, though I cannot get excited about polls under the circumstances, I suspect that the mid thirties is the upper limit to what this strategy can achieve; it’s lose a few more left, gain a few more right, all within a very small margin.

        • Olwyn 13.4.1.1

          I should add that the deeply unjust treatment of Cunliffe, and less directly, of the members, cannot help but cast a further pall over these cheery meaningless messages – its like watching the ads for a restaurant from which I got food poisoning.

        • JK 13.4.1.2

          Likewise. I, too, thought Clark was starting to take Labour to the left, and I could put up with Goff because he was making the “right” noises – seemingly, also to the left. But what has happened since has reinforced my belief that Labour hasn’t really moved very far from the Rogernomics days, and personally I doubt that we’ll manage much more than the percentage we’ve achieved to date. Shearer sounds old and tired on that video, and unsure of himself. He’s had a good 12 months to find his feet and be a vigorous leader – he’s shown just the opposite. Key will wipe him out during election year (and Labour along with him).
          As for Shearer’s reaction to the media-led Cunliffe hounding : he couldn’t explain anything that Cunliffe did that was wrong or disloyal, but he went ahead and dumped him ignominiously anyway. That sort of behaviour on Shearer’s part is/was despicable.

      • mac1 13.4.2

        Thanks, IrishBill. I am happy to know that the discrepancy between the starting images of the two sources for the Shearer “Merry Christmas and thanks for 2012″ video lies where it does.

        It might even point out that I too am guilty of seeing what I want to see, once I was disposed to seeing it. I have been the recipient of having my image misused on TV and in the papers so that a particular opinion of the media person/s concerned might be reinforced. I am therefore well aware of what can be done.

        The rest of what I wrote reflects my feelings about the attacks on Shearer. As blue leopard says, he is absolutely entitled to disagree. I am happy to read well-founded and well-argued criticism of our leaders. It’s what I see as the pack-like behaviour and pettiness that grieves me.

        Once the leadership process within Labour is concluded in February, then I hope we can all move on, into constructive work to replace this dreadful National government with what promises to be a collaboration of the centre-left reflecting the values which are our collective history and heritage.

        • blue leopard 13.4.2.1

          Yes, after February, I believe there will be a shift regardless of the outcome of the Leadership vote.

          I think that the continued criticism is in order to get a strong message to the Labour party caucus to make some better moves than they have up until now. I think this criticism is a valuable part of democracy and it is too soon to start going easy on them. After February, though, I think people will focus their energies elsewhere, either support of NZLP, or for other parties; depending on the decisions made.

          • Mary 13.4.2.1.1

            “I think this criticism is a valuable part of democracy and it is too soon to start going easy on them. After February, though, I think people will focus their energies elsewhere, either support of NZLP, or for other parties; depending on the decisions made.”

            Yes, it’s way too early to start going easy on them, but I just hope that if Labour make the wrong decisions enough people will in fact give their support to other parties. I’m assuming, of course, that there’s consensus on what constitutes a “wrong decision”, but I just hope that the number of people who don’t agree with where Labour ends up going have got the guts to ditch them – that they won’t take the “better of two evils” approach as if we’re locked in an FPP timewarp. I think if enough people on the Left voted honestly Labour may very well be relegated below Opposition (with a capital “O”) status. For me personally when that happens will be a very happy day indeed, but that’s just because I’ve lost all hope that Labour can ever rejoin the Left.

            • blue leopard 13.4.2.1.1.1

              @ Mary
              I thoroughly agree with you re if Labour continues to make the wrong decisions, that people will move their support to other parties. This would be MMP working well.

              I hope Labour isn’t that far gone though…there’s still time…I hope (!)

        • Mary 13.4.2.2

          “I am happy to read well-founded and well-argued criticism of our leaders. It’s what I see as the pack-like behaviour and pettiness that grieves me.”

          Do you think then that it’s not possible for the “pack” (which in theses circumstances isn’t anything more than a group of individuals agreeing with each other) to offer criticism that is well argued and well founded, i.e simply because it’s criticism coming from a “pack”? Can’t the “pack” be correct? I think that on the question of Shearer and Labour and its track record and what Labour believes and where Labour’s likely to be heading … the “pack” has never been more accurate.

          • mac1 13.4.2.2.1

            Funnily enough, Mary, on another thread I was accused of being a sock puppet by the commenter who opened the batting for the anti-Shearer team in this post because I agreed with two other commenters that enough was enough.

            All I would say is to read the comments made from the beginning of this post. If they were fairly made I’d have no problem- apart from the OTT repetition of the slagging of Shearer that seems to dominate the Standard at the moment. My view is that they are not well argued (before my challenge- after that, people seem to have started to debate the issues and not just being denigratory) and not well founded.

            Your comments at 4.1 and 7.1 are examples. Your comment at 6, however, does give some basis for your position, and I respect that expression of an opinion. Since you are arguing from a stance that is outside the Labour Party, given your 4,1 and 7.1 remarks, you are perfectly entitled to attack the leader of the Labour Party. I would just hope that after February, when my Party decides the question, that we move on collectively to attack the real foe in National and its like minded friends as you strongly state in comment 6. “Scum” was your word.

            I note that there is an invitation to other party leaders to put their newsletters onto the Standard. So far, no other party leader has.

            I don’t have to wonder long for why, reading the comments to this post, no other leader has taken up the invitation for a free for all slagging.

            • vto 13.4.2.2.1.1

              That’s some well balamced uselessness. You should embrace not repulse.

              • mac1

                Please clarify, vto. Your comment seems to be critical (“well-balanced uselessness”) but does not explain what the criticism is.

                Does the second sentence refer to me, someone else, or is it a general philosophical principle that you are enunciating?

                • vto

                  I can’t explain it any better

                • mac1
                  Don’t you feel a little bit critical that the biggest, most directed attack that Labour displayed this year was toward one of its own? In a year when National was doing a particularly good impression of a group of clowns that hadn’t a clue how to run a raffle, let alone a country.

                  Don’t you think that perhaps it has something to do with this type of phenomenon, that people are a tad peeved?

                  Do you think it is useful to point out to a party when it is screwing up? Or do you think that you should be “loyal” to a party, regardless of its behaviour, and regardless of its “loyalty” to you?

                  • mac1

                    blue leopard, I have no problem with criticism that is well made, well founded and giving some general obeisance to logic, examples and conclusions. I am not interested particularly in pettiness, etc as I have already stated.

                    If that is made by someone outside the Labour party, no problem. If it’s made by Labour members within the Labour Party, no problem. February should decide the issue that you characterise as the biggest, most directed attack.

                    I don’t respond publicly to criticisms I have of NZLP doings, as a loyal member. The party is bigger than us as individuals. But I do voice criticism within when I feel the need.

                    I understand people’s concerns. I do read this blog and I do attend meetings within the Labour Party. Just had an informal end of year meeting tonight actually.

                    I am saying that a lot of the criticism is unfounded, petty, vindictive, motivated by the desire to pull down a fellow left wing party, motivated by personal grievances with the party, basically bull shit stuff that is tiresomely repetitive. Not all…… a lot. People can decide for themselves which is which.

                    Would I like Labour to be more effective as an opposition? Would I like the media to be fairer in its reporting? Would I like people to be more focussed on issues than upon personalities? Would I like to get one or two people into a quiet room and conduct some restorative justice meetings, refocus energies and ask for a re-examination of their political, social and personal priorities? Would I ask them to consider the question that the party is bigger than us?

                    Those are wish lists for Santa Claus and suggestions for New Year’s resolutions. It’s all been seen before and will be again in my coming up forty years in the party. We’ll be back. We have to. Things are too important otherwise.

                    We all need a bit of a break from all this to refresh, rethink, revitalise, re-prioritise, reprise the struggle.

                    Best wishes to all of us for that.

                    • Napkins

                      “I don’t respond publicly to criticisms I have of NZLP doings, as a loyal member. The party is bigger than us as individuals. But I do voice criticism within when I feel the need.”

                      Perhaps you could also remind the Labour caucus that the party is bigger than they are?
                      Last I looked however they disagreed vehemently with that message. To the extent of silencing their own MPs and members via a major crackdown.

                    • Mary

                      “I am saying that a lot of the criticism is unfounded, petty, vindictive, motivated by the desire to pull down a fellow left wing party, motivated by personal grievances with the party, basically bull shit stuff that is tiresomely repetitive. Not all…… a lot. People can decide for themselves which is which.”

                      Yes, you’re right. We shouldn’t be so petty and vindictive. We should be applauding how a so-called party of the left continued the decimation of our social security system after leading us all to believe it would put a halt to the nasty attacks on the poor carried out by the Richardson/Shipley tag-team of the 1990s.

                      Yes, you’re right. Continuing to speak up for the poor and vulnerable who suffered at the hands of a so-called left party that did nothing for them but put the boot in is just “tiresomely repetitive”.

                      Yes, every criticism of the current Labour Party is unfounded. We should all just shut the fuck up, at least until we know what we’re talking about.

                      I nearly didn’t bother giving your comment a response because as vto’s pointed out what you say is so well balanced it’s useless. Did you ever see the movie Pleasantville?

                      Your problem is that you value party allegiance over how a party’s policies impact on people’s lives: “The Party can do no wrong.” I’ve talked to people from the Labour Party who are of this ilk about what happened to social security between 1999 and 2008. It was like talking to robots. Everything, they said, was out of their control. It’s as if they weren’t human. Your comments seem very similar. What’s interesting, rather than convincing me that your way is the best way, you’re strengthening resolve to keep telling the truth. Apologies, Mac, if all this sounds rather Ghandinian, but Labour will continue to be fought until it proves itself to be a true party of the Left.

                    • Hear hear Napkins.

                      Cheers for the response Mac1,

                      I see where you are coming from.

                      Greater than the individuals, the Party is based on political principles that, here on The Standard, I read many pleas that the party realign with, based on fears the Party (more like caucus) is wandering from them. Add that to the wish list and we can all hope Santa Claus (caucus or even perhaps providence? …well anything really) delivers. I think many people commenting here would be very happy if he does. :)

            • Mary 13.4.2.2.1.2

              “My view is that they are not well argued (before my challenge- after that, people seem to have started to debate the issues and not just being denigratory) and not well founded.”

              Guess you’ve socked it to us, then.

              • mac1

                Synchronicity does not imply causality, Mary.

                No debate then? Just more of the same. Have a good break.

                I’ll now put a sock in my own mouth, as this discussion warrants.

                • Mary

                  The clear inference was that your “challenge” caused a change in the way comments on this thread were made. You weren’t saying that it was a coincidence.

  14. xtasy 14

    Shearer faaaarted into the wind, riding on his surf board and feasting on a barbie.

    I always read “Shearer says”, so when does he start to LISTEN, perhaps, our soft dictator dude???

  15. Craig Glen viper 15

    Shearer says “nothing”

  16. felixviper 16

    Mumblefuck takes twenty-two seconds to say “Merry Christmas” (really getting the hang of those soundbites) while anointed former staffer Kris Faafoi stands around like a half-sucked cock.

    Ladies and Gents, The Labour Party.

    • xtasy 16.1

      I am starting to see “Labour” in the same light as the “labour” a pregnant woman painfully goes through, while her baby is born.

      That may mean there could perhaps be a positive outcome at the end, but it must be called something else, as it would have to be “beyond Labour” and full of life, to be “positive”.

      So all on the left, spend some thoughts on this over the holidays, maybe a totally new start, with a new, freshly faced, smartly founded and well organised NEW party may be the only solution to get rid of such idiots that are presently sitting on the front bench for “Labour”.

      Flipping a few chops on a BBQ and saying nothing worth saying for 22 seconds in a useless video message, that is NOT the message I want to get from a “leader”, before Christmas.

      No wonder Key can travel to Hawaii without much to worry about?!

      • Mary 16.1.1

        “No wonder Key can travel to Hawaii without much to worry about?!”

        That’s why the right welcomed Shearer with open arms. “Come David, come join the ranks of the chosen, become one of us, join the elite. It doesn’t matter what party you’re from, silly … all that party stuff is for the plebs. You’re in the big time now, Little Flick.”

        I hear what you’re saying, Xtasy, but I don’t share your sense of hope. Labour cannot ever find redemption. Maybe this is in fact what you’re saying, but the party’s tainted beyond ever being able to be trusted again. I agree a fresh start is needed but I’m afraid the only way that can happen is after the complete destruction of the Labour Party as we currently know it.

        • xtasy 16.1.1.1

          They are nearly there, to be honest!

          Hence my repeated appeal to others, to rethink, to consider a NEW party altogether, to get over this nonsense!

  17. vto 17

    Upon first reading and initial reaction it would seem to be written from afar. Lots of things to write to lots of people suppose. What is it that makes a great leader?

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  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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